Name Change

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

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If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

We recommend you consider getting a court order if you are planning on changing your name.

This section shows you how to ask for a court order changing your gender, both in cases where you also want to change your name or when you only want to change your gender.

If you are getting divorced and want to change your name to back to your maiden name, you can usually do that in your divorce case.

Laws and regulations, practical information, recent case law.

How to navigate issues with public and social benefits systems.